9 Jun 2014
As Michael Gove and the DfE continue to hand our schools over to private sponsors as academies, or allow ‘free’ schools to be opened by an assortment of individuals and organisations, it is worth taking a quick look at just how many of these people are closely associated with the Conservative Party or Gove.
Tags: Academies commission, Forced academisation, Gove, Harris, Murdoch, New Schools Network, Privateers, Special advisors, Sponsors
13 May 2014
The terms ‘Military Academies’ and ‘Military Free Schools’ have been bandied about since at least January 2012, but there is a lack of clarity as to what they actually mean. This article explains what military academies / free schools are (as well as what they could be), and explores the concerns that they raise: the lack of evidence that they will raise attainment; that they can employ unqualified teachers; their limited accountability to the local community (both during and after the consultation process); and the fact that they can set their own curriculum.
Tags: Free Schools, Military academies and free schools
20 Mar 2014
Just 11% of English Primary schools are academies, and primaries make up the vast bulk of schools. Clearly Michael Gove has a long way to go to reach his dream, and he is running out of time.
Tags: Primary, Statistics
14 Jan 2014
If you listen to Michael Gove and some of the press you would think that the Academy programme has been an unbridled success. Yet the reality is that there is not a month that goes by without more problems hitting Academies and ‘Free’ Schools. We list just some of the recent problems.